4 days birdwatching tour in Wolong

4 days birdwatching tour in Wolong
 
 
 
Wolong has an impressive altitudinal range and hence an equally impressive avifauna, It's in the region of forested mountains, bamboo thickets, alpine meadows and jagged, snow-covered peaks.  We will be able to explore areas from the valley at about 1500m right up to the pass of snow mountain at about 4000m. We will do birding among the surrounding peaks rising to over 5500m and could even see the magnificent peak of Siguniang. The Wolong Giant Panda reserve is located at the foot of Balangshan in northwest of Sichuan. It is know as the headquarters of the World Wildlife Fund, to save the species from extinction, especially pandas.
 
Itinerary:
 
Day 1
Drive to Wolong Natural Reserve, it will take us about 6hrs to get there, it's long but not boring, we'll drive in the valley, and the view is quite nice. Check in the hotel in Wolong, relax and do some easy-birding around the hotel. (L, D)
 
Day 2
Get up at about 4 o'clock, drive to the Balangshan pass before dawn, scan for the pheasants and monal, then birding at about 4200m among the endless snow mountain. After that we'll walk down and watch birds along the main road. (B,L,D)
 
Day 3
Get up very early in the morning, drive to Beimuping area (about 3300m), full day birding from high to lower elevation. (including Dengshenggou, Shawan area )  (B,L, D)
 
Day 4
After morning birding in Balangshan, Drive the way back to Chengdu. And departure. (B,L,D)
 
 
The prime endemic birds you may see here are:
Tibetan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Chinese Monal. Grandalas,  Wood Snipe, White Eared Pheasant, Firethroat Chestnut-headed Tesias, Koklass Pheasants, Temminck's Tragopan, Golden Pheasant, Kessler's and Chestnut Thrushes, Chinese Leaf Warbler, Spectacled Parrotbill, Barred Laughingthrush, Slaty Bunting, Black-browed Tit
Other birds such as: Alpine Accentors, Lammergeier, Red-breasted Rosefinches, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Plain and Brandt's Mountain Finches, Plumbeous Redstarts, River Chat (or White-capped Redstart), Spotted Bush Warbler, Tickell's Leaf Warbler, Rufous-bellied Niltava, the splendidly,Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Chestnut-flanked White-eye, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-billed and Alpine Choughs, Chinese Beautiful (split from Himalayan Beautiful) and Streaked Rosefinches,  Common Buzzard, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Golden Eagle, Common Kestrel, White-browed Fulvetta, the Yellow-browed and Fire-capped Tits, Grey-crested Tit, Common (or Ring-necked) Pheasant, Snow Pigeon, Common Cuckoo, White-throated Needle-tail, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Asian House Martin, Olive-backed and Rosy Pipits, White-throated Dipper, White-tailed Rubythroat, Indian Blue Robin, White-browed Bush Robin, Blue-fronted, Daurian and  bold little Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler,